Someday, when I get a sander ( cos my broken old body cant sand that big ol' bus by hand anymore) , before I spray the matte clear coat, I am going to create some chalkboard spots on her ( the chalkboard area will be masked as to not be clear coated until a later date. I am then going to make more and more chalk board areas for folks to write on and clear over them as filled in.
I decided to get her something new. She has been begging for these for years now. She, and I, are happy campers.
Fur-baby seat in creation/possibilities mode. More padding to come but it will be covered to match drivers seat (once that is re-done as well) and actually, a person is able to sit there too.
The passenger seat is out. I decided to go with the doggie seat for now and Ein, my corgi, is just loving it!
I decided to tackle the front seats. I removed the passenger seat to make the pattern for the new covers , though I am not quite sure if I will be putting it back in or not. I had originally planned to put a mini frig there but now I am thinking a doggie bed instead as I will need room for them now I no longer have a built in pet sitter. They are quite lovely, eh? Hence the redo. I can tell they were re-done once already, many important fabric anchors are missing. and springs are missing too. I might not go stock seat on the driver side either. Time will tell.
I also gave her a new negative battery cable since the old one the Titan fully would not tighten down on the battery post. I'm also working on installing the battery cutoff switch
It rained a few days ago.... I was going to open the door and there was a damn Yellow Sac Spider sitting there, (I found three in fact) soooo I knew it was time for another preemptive strike and spray and fume again.
Cinder came over today, just as I was beginning to rip the carport awning in half down the center and install a new cover. Thanks to his help, it got done in record time; heck I would probably still be fighting it LOL. anyways, now it is set up as a proper fumigation station with sidewalls to hold that mist in. I shall kill all those damn spiders if it is the last thing I do. LOL
And (addressing a comment I received) No, she is not too "cluttered," she is just perfect and useful. If she were just for show, then yes, but then no because she is a gypsy wagon and meant to look like one, especially in a show, but of course she would be straightened up properly to look like for a show and not a camping trip ;) Where I live, there are lots of spiders in the trees and bushes so it is a never ending battle even if she was bare bones inside, especially with the black and brown widows. In fact, I joke Hilter had a widow egg sac hidden on every VW they came over to America... LOL
Given when I was camping at Whitewater Preserve earlier this month, and I got two nasty bites (I do not know where, I think when I was walking around, near the ponds as that was when my back first started to itch) and, given spider season is here, I did a preemptive strike against them today and fumigated the bus today, took out the blankets, shook em, washed em, and such. I also decided it was time to wash the awning as it was getting quite dirty from the setting her up upon unpaved ground. Once she is aired out well enough, I will wipe down and sweep out everything so we can yard camp again =])
Sorry, no pics... I was so busy talking to the curious that I did not get a chance BUT plenty pics were taken of her tonight. I had adults and kids alike amazed with her and even going inside her and resting on her cozy bed seat. It was great fun. I guess wish that cute man who kept looking over my way all night would have came over and said hello. ;)
Been trying to get some pics of her interior... but lately since I have been in her so much, it looks lived in. Oh well, never said she was a show car ;)
Spent the night. Awesome spot and so quiet. I mean reallly reallllly quiet. at nighttime there is not a sound; too quiet for my tastes.... LOL I need wind or something to sleep. But I will be back. Local to home and I get a discount. What I really like about it is that it is close enough to town of Idyllwild. Even I can walk to town for some food and shopping.
I can't say enough about this great place!
I spent two nights camping here and it was absolutely wonderful! Just a beautiful place overflowing with tranquility and quiet. The first night, I did have a fright when I was awaken by the sound of some creatures romping around on my roof; turned out just to be a family of raccoon's trying to find a way in to share dinner with me. ;) They had a blast, using my racks and ladder as their own personal jungle gym and visited me several times the first night. The second night, I sliced up an apple into chunks and left it on the stone wall some 25 ft away and they chittered and chatted away, but left me alone as a thanks for the food gesture.
If you are Looking for a nice get-away in So Cal but low on funds, I highly recommend the place! The Whitewater Preserve is open year round (weather permitting) and allows camping for up to 3 nights in any given month for free, though they do appreciate and survive on donations. There are no hook-ups, but tent or self-contained camping in vehicles under 20' allowed. There are restrooms open 24 hours, no trash cans, you are supposed to pack out what you bring in BUT they do have bear-proof dumpsters for campers to place their trash in. Lots of hiking trails, including a trail that meets up with the Pacific Coast Trail that spans from Mexico border to Canada border. Rules and info can be found here if interested: http://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/preserve_whitewater.html
Also, know there is no cell phone service there at all; the ranger station will allow landline phone calls (during business hours) in an emergency. Or you can drive back down the canyon road towards the I-10 about 3.5 miles and you will get your cell service back. No wood/charcoal fires are allowed. You can use gas (propane or butane) grills only.
They also have a crystal clear, stream water fed "Wading Pool" to cool your toes and soul in.
As I was motoring with her to the grocers this morning, I was tending to notice what others had (bigger houses with nice yards, garages and such) and thinking how no matter how I tried, my wishes and dreams never came to fruition and how I was feeling pretty much a failure at everything in my life and had nothing to show for it. Upset with myself, I started to then tell myself "I know you have been in a slump for some 20 years now, but you do have two great sons and a roof over your head, so all is not that bad. And besides, look what you DID create; you are driving it and love it, and it loves you back just as much. So, do not sell yourself short as you created something wondrous that no one else in the world has." SO I feel a whole lot better about myself now. =]) I know I am special, even if no one else does. ;)
I decided it was time to have some quiet time with my corgi Ein, as he has not been camping in many years and I have not had a chance to go camping "quietly" in a long time too. To me, camping is a time to give my ears a rest and let the sounds of nature wash over over me. Anyway, I digress. Here are some pics from our two days stay. She ran over the Ortega Highway and back just great with the only hitch being, as it was raining, windshield wipers required but the darn driver-side one kept coming off... I finally got it fixed at the bottom of the hill ( I hope). ;)
A few things new, others touched up. I finished re-staining the living-quarters portion of her today. I love it and wish I had done it long ago. I also pulled back the rubber matting in there to clean under it and found a surprise; dead spiders, lots of em.... the in the little squares on the underside of the rubber mat. It seems the fogging worked, for the most part... when I was staining, one went running by me.... I had my trusty can of spider and scorpion killer right by me, so it is no more. I sprayed everything with some long lasting bug kill just to be safe and I have more fumigators just to be safe. AnyWho.... I decided to get another carpet to cover the entire exposed flooring but the one I had are out of style, no longer in stick, whatever, so she got two new carpets too. And, Her clutch lock came into. I am still working on finding the right placement of it, but it works just fine either way. even if it slips, you still cannot put the clutch pedal in enough to shift, so ya me. So, Next week, Doheny bound, Ein and me, beachside! WOHOO! A few pics of her getting her front end work done, a pic of Ein and pics of re-freshened interior.
Thanks to my pal Jeremy, I now have new tie-rods and drag link installed. I really appreciate his help, and his wife's tolerance in letting me use their driveway and her husband to help me with the repairs. They are great people1.
On a different note, so changes in appearance as well. I made some modifications and fabricated an adapter to use a pre-67 bug rear luggage rack and mounted it to the front. I then mounted an old Craftsman tool chest which I had clear coated, to the rack. Looks pretty cool to me. and of course, I am including a few pics of her inside. I plan to take everything out and stain the wood panels and such to a darker stain. She will be simply marv-va-lous!
I ordered her parts on the 22nd and shazam! Today they arrived. Considering shipping was free and normally takes like 10 days, I am amazed. Yeah, I cant wait! I get to go camping sooner than expected!
The beginning of another Winter and yes, it is the beginning of yet another battery. It is a good thing the Bosch I got in January came with a 3 year warranty as I already had to replace it. It started acting up a few months ago, me having to keep it on the charger and then maintain setting but enough was enough and I traded it in for a new one last week. I do hope I am not having to do this every year; those things are getting heavy and not the easiest to get in or out of that cozy battery cubby pot. ;) Still, happy she starts again.
I took Cikan on a little trip over the Ortega Highway and on into Laguna Beach to camp overnight at Crystal Cove. She ran great both ways and it was, for the most part, a very quiet campground. I even got to hear the rain falling on her "tin top." I will def go camping there again, and I found the perfect space to camp at next time too. =])
Well, I have not been to Lake Smellsomemore for many years, about 20 actually. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the lake was, considering the drought. The campgrounds could use some roadway and plumbing repairs, but all in all it was nice. There were ants emerging the final day of my stay, but they never went near my bus, so happy for that. All in all, it was a nice trip with some crazy, but good folks!
A while back, I went to a yard sale; something I love to do but I just do not have the budget for, and I already have enough "stuff", right? Well, whatever, I stopped by one and I found this awesome basket, and it fits right in with her decor, and it was only $5!
Cooler days are in the wind soon, so I can start camping again1 yeah!
Okay, so my last attempt at a custom gear shift knob did not work out as I planned, but this on, I have higher hopes, since metal based. This is what it will be made from:
Very cool, is it not?
Well, I have decided it will be funner to travel in the fall so we are just hanging out at home, doing spider patrol, fixing little things, wiring in head and oil temp gauges, etc. So, when it is Fall, I can roam without so many worries.
The Blue Hag
Just a crazy older gal, making ready for when my nest is empty and I can go see the world, camping and rest-stopping on the way to be able to live simply and afford ably..